Downpour threatens Lightning Lee’s’ Twenty/20 debut in Queenstown

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Queenstown cricket fans need to keep their fingers crossed that tomorrow’s Twenty/20 battle between Otago and Wellington will go ahead. 

Days of wet weather are threatening the HRV Cup challenge between the Wellington Firebirds – featuring super-quick former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee – and the Otago Volts. The match is scheduled for 2pm at the Events Centre at Frankton. 

Lakes Leisure turf manager Peter Domigan is holding out hope the game will happen but says it’s “in the lap of the gods at this stage”. 

“We need probably about a good 12 hours of rain-free weather now to have any chance – but that could happen because it’s meant to clear up at about lunchtime.” 

Domigan says the pitch has been sheltered since before the deluge began and he’s taken a sneaky peak under the covers and it looks like they’ve have done their job of protecting the ground. 

“We won’t know for sure until we get a chance to take those covers off and have a look to make sure that they did their job 100 per cent,” Domigan says. 

If the weather allows it, tomorrow’s game will be the first provincial Twenty/20 played on the grounds.